Today I have the pleasure of welcoming Birmingham-based food blogger Charlotte who’s sharing her recipe for CHOCOLATE CHAI-SPICED WAFFLES. Also known as @charlotteemmma on Instagram, she takes a particular interest in how the foods we eat can affect our mental and physical wellbeing. Studying psychology at both undergraduate and master’s level has helped Charlotte explore the complex interactions between food and health at both biological and social levels. Charlotte aims to show that healthy, plant-based eating can be easy, accessible and delicious and creates recipes which help promote this message. Over to Charlotte… 

Waffles are my absolute favourite weekend breakfast. There is nothing better than getting up a bit later than normal, putting on a pot of coffee and hearing the waffle iron sizzling away in the corner of the kitchen! I’ve recently started experimenting with gluten free baking and I’ve found gluten free flour to be quite a challenge to work with, but these waffles made with gluten free self-raising flour (Doves Farm) worked a treat. Better still, the chocolate and chai spices work really well with my favourite breakfast topping of all – chocolate peanut butter! 

Chocolate Chai Spiced Waffles Vegan Gluten Free Recipe Eli Brecher cereal and peanut butter

CHOCOLATE CHAI-SPICED WAFFLES RECIPE (VEGAN, GF)

Ingredients: 

  • 1 and ¼ cups gluten free self-raising flour
  • 2 tsp gluten free baking powder
  • 2 tsp raw cacao powder
  • ½ tsp cinnamon
  • ¼ tsp ground cloves
  • ½ tsp ground ginger
  • 2 tbsp carob syrup
  • 2 tbsp olive oil
  • 1 cup water
  • Pinch salt

Method:

  1. Preheat your waffle iron and prepare according to model instructions – you may need to grease it with a small amount of vegan butter or coconut oil if your waffles tend to stick.
  2. Combine dry ingredients in a large bowl and mix well.
  3. Stir in water and mix well using a wooden spoon.
  4. When your waffle iron is up to temperature, spoon 2 tbsp of mixture into each waffle mould and cook for 3-4 minutes. Remove from the waffle iron and repeat until you have used all the mixture – mine made 8 small waffles.
  5. Stack the waffles on a small plate and top with anything you fancy! I used chocolate peanut butter, stewed raspberries, banana stars and gluten free granola. Try making your own toppings such as this Almond Butter Coconut Granola, this Nutty Cinnamon Granola, and a spoonful of homemade Raspberry Chia Jam.

 

Don’t forget to check out Charlotte’s blog: poweredbypeanutsblog.wordpress.com 

 

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Vegan Crepes Recipe Apple Cinnamon Gluten FreeVegan Crepes Recipe Apple Cinnamon Gluten Free

I’m so excited to have vegan food blogger Romy from RomyLondonUK sharing her recipe for apple & cinnamon crepes on my blog today! I’ve tested these out for myself and they went down a treat, plus they’re gluten-free and 100% vegan. Over to Romy…

 

My name is Romy and I am honoured to share one of my favourite vegan breakfast recipes with you! Since starting my blog in 2015, I have been working to prove that going vegan doesn’t mean you’re missing out on anything. I decided to live the plant-based life in 2014 and I have since been showing that balance is key and that everything is possible on a vegan diet!

One of my favourite recipes to create are definitely divine breakfasts. I love a long Sunday brunch with friends and family – and as an early bird I love getting into the kitchen in the AM to create something super tasty. I believe it’s the best way to start the day, and it’s also themotivation I need to get out of bed.

Crepes and pancakes have always ranked high on my all-time-favourite-breakfasts list. In fact it was the standard breakfast my bestie and I would have every day on holiday when we were teens & didn’t have our parents around to tell us that pancakes should not be had every day (because it’s the kind of thing parents would say, right?)

However, my real dilemma is deciding whether I enjoy pancakes or crepes more – because that’s truly the kind of question I would not know how to answer, and let’s hope that I will never have to make such a decision!

As apple & cinnamon have always been one of my favourite flavour combinations – and crepes are generally easier to stuff with apples than pancakes are, I decided to share this recipe with you, so you can get your Sunday #brunchgoals going as well!

Vegan Crepes Recipe Apple Cinnamon Gluten Free

Vegan Crepes Recipe Apple Cinnamon Gluten FreeVegan Crepes Recipe Apple Cinnamon Gluten Free @cerealandpeanutbutter

Apple & Cinnamon Crepes Recipe (Vegan & Gluten Free)

Ingredients

(Makes 6-8 Crepes)

For the crepes

  • 20g brown sugar
  • ½ tsp baking soda
  • 80g fine oat flour
  • 1 tsp milled flax seeds
  • 100 ml almond milk
  • 100 ml lukewarm, filtered water
  • 1/2 tsp vanilla extract
  • Juice of ½ lemon
  • Coconut oil for the pan

For the filling

  • 2 medium apples
  • 1 tsp cinnamon
  • 1 tbsp coconut oil
  • A handful of toasted pecans
  • ½ cup coconut yogurt
  • 1 tbsp maple syrup
  • Strawberries for decoration

Method

  1. Start by sifting your oat flour – it’s important that it’s fine, with no big chunks, so that your batter mixes smoothly.
  2. In a large bowl combine the sugar, baking soda, oat flour and flax seeds.
  3. In a separate bowl combine all your wet ingredients: almond milk, water, vanilla extract and lemon juice. Set aside for 10 minutes.
  4. In the meantime heat a large pan over medium heat and add a little coconut oil to the pan. Ensure that the pan is well coated in the oil – I usually use a paper towel to coat the pan in the liquid oil, of course make sure the pan is not too hot yet.
  5. When your pan is hot, use a ladle to transfer a ¾ loading of the batter into the pan. Pour out the batter in the centre of the pan and let the batter naturally distribute. Wiggle the pan once to get rid of any air bubbles, then leave the crepes alone to firm up. Ideally leave the pan between low and medium heat – if the pan is too hot, your crepes will become crispy (If that’s what you’re after, go ahead and give it some heat of course).
  6. Flip the crepes once the top of it is firming up, the crepes should not have any liquid batter anymore before you gently flip it.
  7. When both sides of your crepes are golden brown, it’s ready to leave the pan. Make sure to stay by the pan at all times to not burn your crepes.
  8. Repeat until all the batter is used up. To keep the crepes warm, you can add them to an oven-proof plate and set them in your oven at around 50 C.
  9. Whilst you’re making the crepes, start on the filling by washing & peeling your apples, then cutting them into thin slices. Place them in a pre-heated medium size pan together with a little coconut oil and sprinkle the cinnamon on top. Gently cook the apples on medium heat until they become soft, then drizzle in half of the maple syrup.
  10. In a separate pan toast the pecans, if they’re not toasted yet, then set aside.
  11. Assemble your crepes by adding 1-2 tbsp of the apple mixture to each crepes, then adding a dollop of coconut yogurt and close the crepes. Finish off by drizzling the remaining maple syrup on top & sprinkling the toasted pecans. Decorate with fresh strawberries (optional) and you’re ready to go!
  12. Enjoy & share with your favourite people!

 

Thank you so much to Romy for sharing her delicious recipe on my blog today! Make sure to check out her blog here.

I’d love to see if you make these so be sure to tag me on Instagram @cerealandpeanutbutter !

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Vegan Cashew Banana Strawberry Ice Lollies Recipe blog

What better way to cool down from this heatwave than sweet creamy ice lollies made from only the most wholesome ingredients?! I don’t know about you but I love an afternoon snack in the sunshine, and these scrumptious ice lollies hit the spot perfectly – light, fresh and fruity!

These ice lollies contain only 4 ingredients and are completely vegan, as well as gluten-free and dairy-free. They’re sweetened naturally using only the ripe bananas – so no need for added sugars, not even maple syrup!

Go wild with the flavour combinations – add some cocoa powder and vanilla extract, or throw a spoonful of cinnamon into the mix! Feel free to experiment with the fruit too – you could replace the strawberries with blueberries or even kiwi slices for a tropical twist…

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Strawberry Cashew Ice Lollies Recipe

This recipe was developed in collaboration with Meridian Foods using their cashew butter. 

Ingredients

Makes 4 ice lollies

  • 2 bananas, fresh or frozen
  • 150g cashew yoghurt (can replace with any yoghurt)
  • 2 tablespoons cashew butter
  • 1/4 cup sliced strawberries

Method

  1. Add the bananas, yoghurt and cashew butter to a blender and blend until smooth.
  2. Layer the blended mixture and the strawberries into 4 ice lolly moulds.
  3. Place a lolly stick inside each one and leave in the freezer to set for at least 4 hours.

If you make this recipe, don’t forget to tag me on Instagram @cerealandpeanutbutter – I LOVE seeing all your creations!

For more refreshing summer treats, check these out:

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Matcha Overnight Oats Breakfast Recipe, Gluten/Dairy-Free

Anyone else obsessed with matcha? If you’re reading this and thinking what on earth is matcha (have you been living under a rock?) it’s basically strong green tea powder which boasts a long list of health benefits. Matcha is grown in the shade for 20 weeks before being harvested, which boosts its levels of chlorophyll and catechins. It’s then ground into a powder, so you consume the whole leaf as opposed to the water of a green teabag. It’s the perfect alternative to coffee as the caffeine is released at a slower rate so avoids the “crash” later on.

Cinnamon Matcha Latte

3 ways to add matcha to your diet today

  1. Cinnamon Matcha Latte – A nourishing and antioxidant-rich replacement to coffee, leaving you calm with a gentle buzz. 
  2. Matcha, Mango & Spinach Smoothie – The mango gives a tropical sweet base, while the spinach adds a vibrant green colour! 
  3. Matcha Blueberry Overnight Oats (recipe below!) – These thick and creamy Matcha Overnight Oats take less than five minutes to prepare. All you need to do is stir together all the ingredients, refrigerate overnight and grab-and-go in the morning! Plus, it’s sweetened naturally with just a ripe mashed banana.

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Matcha Blueberry Overnight Oats Recipe

This recipe was developed in collaboration with Indigo Herbs using their ingredients.

Ingredients:

(Serves 2)

  • ½ cup rolled oats
  • ⅔ cup (175g) dairy-free yoghurt
  • 2 teaspoon matcha powder
  • 1 very ripe banana
  • ¼ cup blueberries, fresh or frozen (plus 2 tablespoons for topping)
  • 3 tablespoons hazelnuts, roughly chopped (plus 1 tablespoon for topping)
  • ¼ teaspoon cinnamon
  • ¼ teaspoon vanilla extract
  • Optional: 1 teaspoon maple syrup/honey, to drizzle on top

Method:

  1. Mash the banana with a fork, then stir in all other ingredients until fully combined.
  2. Cover and refrigerate for at least 2 hours, or overnight.
  3. Remove from the fridge, place in two glass jars or bowls, and top with remaining blueberries, hazelnuts and a drizzle of honey or maple syrup. Alternatively, heat it up over the stove or in the microwave for a warming 2-minute breakfast!

If you make this recipe, don’t forget to tag me on Instagram @cerealandpeanutbutter – I LOVE seeing all your creations!

Don’t forget to check out my other matcha recipes: Cinnamon Matcha Latte and Matcha, Mango & Spinach Smoothie.

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Turmeric Golden Milk Latte, Anti-Inflammatory, Antioxidant Recipe, Eli Brecher cereal and peanut butter

This magical warming drink hits the spot every time. I love making a mug of Golden Milk before bed, and it tastes even better know how wonderful it is for my health too, thanks to the key ingredient: turmeric. Find my warming golden milk recipe below

As well as giving curries that gorgeous yellow/orange hue, it’s no secret that turmeric is one of the most potent spices when it comes to health benefits, due to its active ingredient, curcumin.

4 reasons to add turmeric to your diet today.

  1. It may sound like a big claim, but scientific studies have shown that curcumin helps to inhibit inflammation in the body, and research suggests that it could be used to prevent and treat chronic diseases, from diabetes to cancer!
  2. By neutralising free radicals in the body, turmeric acts as an antioxidant. Now I’m not suggesting that turmeric is the answer to the world’s health problems, but it can do no harm to add this delicious and highly research anti-inflammatory spice into your diet!
  3. Curcumin is especially beneficial in auto-immune conditions (those that affect the immune system), including multiple sclerosis, rheumatoid arthritis and inflammatory bowel disease, as shown in this promising study.
  4. Another incredibly exciting study shows the effectiveness of turmeric in fighting depression, by boosting levels of serotonin and dopamine in the brain, and so acting as an antidepressant!

Turmeric Golden Milk Latte, Anti-Inflammatory, Antioxidant Tonic Recipe, Eli Brecher

Turmeric Golden Milk Latte, Anti-Inflammatory, Antioxidant Recipe, Eli Brecher

Top tips for maximum absorption of turmeric

  • Research also shows that consuming turmeric with black pepper (bioperine) increases its bioavailability (absorption in the body) by 2000%. That’s right – two thousand per cent!
  • It has also been proven that curcumin is a fat-soluble substance so it should be consumed with a meal that contains healthy fats, such as coconut oil, avocado, nuts or eggs.

So what are you waiting for? Go on and sprinkle some turmeric all over your life! Add it soups, curries, smoothies and Indian Lentil Dahl, or get creative and make this Turmeric & Goji Porridge… just be careful not to stain your clothes with it – I learnt the hard way!

As well as the star of the show, turmeric, the other ingredients offer an array of benefits too. Ginger has been known to sooth the stomach, whilst cinnamon has been glorified for stabilising blood sugar levels. Nutmeg helps detoxify the kidney and liver, and stirring in a dash of coconut oil boosts the omega-3 content, and adds to the incredibly smooth melt-in-your-mouth texture.

If you want to give some of my other nourishing hot drinks a go, be sure to try my Cinnamon Matcha Latte and my Brain-Boosting Hot Chocolate with Magic Mushrooms – you’ll love them!

Turmeric Golden Milk Latte, Anti-Inflammatory, Antioxidant RecipeTurmeric Golden Milk Latte, Anti-Inflammatory, Antioxidant Recipe, Eli Brecher

Golden Milk Recipe

This recipe was developed in collaboration with Indigo Herbs using their ingredients.

Ingredients:

(Serves 1)

  • 1 cup unsweetened almond milk
  • 1 and ½ tsp ground turmeric
  • 1 tsp ground cinnamon
  • 1 tsp ground ginger
  • ½ tsp ground nutmeg
  • ¼ tsp black pepper
  • 1 tsp coconut oil
  • 2 drops vanilla extract
  • 1 tsp honey (or maple syrup)

Method:

  1. Warm the almond milk in a saucepan but do not boil.
  2. Stir in the spices, coconut oil, vanilla and honey/maple syrup.
  3. Whisk together (I used a wired whisk) to create a frothy foam (you can transfer it to the blender for a few seconds if you don’t have a whisk – or feel free to skip this step entirely).
  4. Pour into a mug and sprinkle with a pinch of cinnamon.

Have you ever tried a turmeric latte? Let me know in the comments, and if you give this a go make sure to tag me on Instagram @cerealandpeanutbutter so I can see your creations!

For more delicious hot drinks, check out my recipe for Cinnamon Matcha Latte and Brain-Boosting Hot Chocolate.

For more turmeric recipes, try my Indian Lentil Dahl and Turmeric & Goji Porridge.

Turmeric Golden Milk Latte, Anti-Inflammatory, Antioxidant Recipe, Eli Brecher

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